Senator Ted Cruz, the uncompromising Tea Party standard bearer, the bane of the establishment GOP, is the most influential man in the world (according to 11 percent of Americans anyway). He almost single-handedly led his entire party over the cliff during the government shutdown to defund Obamacare ... More >>
Bill CeverhaIn my narrow and twisted personal universe, everything is about the trinity River Project, even today's closing arguments in Austin in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Follow me into the labyrinth. People ask me all the time, "Who's behind thi ... More >>
There are probably a million more important things with which to begin the work week -- like, oh, a passel of Hicks Sports Group creditors asking the National Hockey League whether the beleaguered owner of the Texas Rangers has dough enough to keep the Dallas Stars -- but this breaking, um, news? ... More >>
It didn't have to happen.
Bryan Burrough was in town earlier this week to sell a few copies of his must-read tome The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes. Been looking forward to the book ever since September, matter of fact, when Vanity Fair excerpted a chapter that made mention of H.L. Hunt strol ... More >>
Mark Graham Fred Baron Moments ago, the Houston Chronicle reported that John Edwards has decided to, like, pass on delivering his speech to the Harris County Democratic Party during its September 20 fund-raising gala. Cannot imagine why. Also noted in the story: Harris County Republican Chairman Ja ... More >>
Rick Reed, former Dallas County prosecutor now interested in becoming the Travis County District Attorney From The Texas Observer comes a sneak peek at the race for Travis County District Attorney -- the most powerful prosecutor in Texas, with the power to go after state elected officials. Among the ... More >>
When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas
You know who's happy about the news of The News' steep drop in circulation numbers? Um, Tom DeLay, that's who. Says so right on his blog, which is, surprisingly, not called The Emasculated Douchebag. "The old media, with its three main news networks and daily papers of record in the major cities co ... More >>
Bill Ceverha's the mayor's new best friend, we guess because Tom DeLay won't return his calls. Laura Miller, our tree-climbing mayor, is planning one of her mom-and-apple-pie press conferences Monday in Fretz Park under the heartwarming motto, “Sink the Petition/Save the Trinity.” It’s an effo ... More >>
Bill Ceverha: Apparently, you don't need a fancy bridge to get from Tom DeLay to the Trinity River Project. You know what I love about the Friends of Unfair Park? Sometimes, they remind us of things we need to be reminded of. Like, oh, the fact this Bill Ceverha is the same as this Bill Ceverha. Dun ... More >>
This is an anti-Bush rally in Salt Lake City--or about three more people than we expect to see this afternoon and Tuesday in downtown Dallas. Beleaguered by approval ratings still mired below 40 percent and a likely-probable-maybe-dunno routing by Congressional democrats, President Bush is seeking ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Texas redistricting is out, and by almost any measure it's a Republican victory. A 5-4 decision isn't exactly crushing, but the effects certainly are: DeLay's 2003 map, known as Plan 1374C, is left almost intact, as is his new tactic of redistricting whenever powe ... More >>
In the coming days, or hours, the Supreme Court will consider whether Tom DeLay's a good map maker. As Tom DeLay morphs from Texas elected official to Virginia lobbyist, he leaves a threefold legacy: corruption, bitter partisanship and the Texas congressional district map adopted in 2003. While the ... More >>
Tom DeLay's scandals are a gold mine for two Texas filmmakers
Yesterday's New York Times' Arts & Leisure section had a small piece on a movie we've written since last summer--and just about every week since we started this danged blog. Stephanie Goodman asked: What becomes of local filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's movie The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay ... More >>
I'm already a C-SPAN junkie--more gut-busting laughs and wrenching human drama than in a season's worth of E.R.--but now I've got a better reason to watch than Karl Rove's keynote address at the annual conference of the Republican National Lawyers Association, which airs live today at 3:15 p.m. (Swe ... More >>
Since August, we've been writing about local filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's The Big Buy, which deals with Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's investigation into the allegedly dirty doings of DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee (TRMPAC). Last ... More >>
Robert Greenwald's best known as the agit-doc filmmaker behind such fists-in-yer-face as Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism and Uncovered: The War on Iraq. But as we reported last week, Greenwald, through his Brave New Films production and distribution ... More >>
What's bad news for Tom DeLay is good news for Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck, the Dallas-based documentary filmmakers whose movie about Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's investigation into the doings of DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee (TRMPAC) has ... More >>
Famine, pestilence, war, death--at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Apocalypse is the horse to bet on
Right, but not quite right, Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher is reforming county government while infuriating her Republican colleagues
Bad politics is good business for filmmakers
The Minutemen are ready to patrol Texas' border. Are we ready for them?
Oh, the talent given us at this year's remarkable Dallas Video Festival
How do you get past a bouncer?
Buzz picks a few nits with the year that was
Wanna move to Canada? Write an essay about it.
A group of veterans says John Kerry stretches the truth about his Vietnam service. Who can you believe? Who knows?
Congressional candidate Mike Murphy feels the strong arm of the GOP
What factors make for the ideal wingman?
To make a mess as big as the Enron debacle, you need some friends in high places--Texas Senator Phil Gramm and his wife, for instance
While other major retailers settle sweatshop lawsuits, J.C. Penney insists everything's cool
Dick Armey thinks he's found a free-market paradise in the Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory where the workers never complain, the factories never quit, and wages are so low, even welfare mothers can hire a Filipino maid